IRS expands tax help into more languages

September 10, 2020

As part of a larger effort to reach underserved communities, the IRS is taking a number of aggressive steps to expand information and assistance available to taxpayers in additional languages, including providing the Form 1040 in Spanish for the first time.

Additionally, the 2020 Form 1040 will also give taxpayers the opportunity to indicate whether they wish to speak with the IRS in a language other than English. Taxpayers who interact with an IRS representative now have access to phone interpreter services in more than 350 languages.

Other changes include Your Rights as a Taxpayer (Publication 1) is now available in 20 languages. The 2020 version of Your Federal Income Tax (Publication 17) will be available early next year in seven languages – English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

In the coming months and years, the agency will continue to expand the availability of widely used IRS forms and popular publications in multiple languages. 

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